Virtual Desktops in Windows 11/10 offer you to separate your work window from your personal window or helps you categorize your work. When you press Windows Key + Tab, you get to see all the virtual desktops, but there is no way to rearrange the position until now. This post shares how you can rearrange virtual desktops so you know what is where and makes it easy to switch.
Rearrange Virtual Desktops in Windows 11/10
Virtual Desktops can be renamed, but rearranging them makes it easy to switch between them quickly. To change order, move or rearrange Virtual Desktops in Windows 11/10, follow these steps:
- The first way to rearrange it is to drag and drop any virtual desktops anywhere in the list in the Task View.
- Right-click or press and hold on to any of the Virtual Desktop thumbnails.
- In the context menu, select Move Left or Move Right to move to another position.
- If you are more of a keyboard person, then follow these:
- Set focus on the desired Virtual Desktop in Task View using Tab + arrow keys
- Then press Alt + Shift + Left Arrow (move left) or Alt + Shift + Right Arrow (move right) to move it in either direction in the list.
- Repeat until you are done.
Use SylphyHornEx to manage virtual desktops
If you need more keyboard shortcuts and a better way to manage virtual desktops, then you can use SylphyHornEx software available on GitHub. Once installed, you can use the following keyboard shortcuts to manage the desktop.
- Displays notification when you switch between the virtual desktops.
- Name the desktop from the settings.
- Change the background for each desktop.
- Configure Keyboard shortcuts to manage virtual desktops
Default Keyboard Shortcuts:
- Move active window to adjacent desktop (Alt + Win + ← or →)
- Move active window to create new desktop (Ctrl + Alt + Win + D)
- Reorder virtual desktops (Shift + Ctrl + Win + ← or →)
- Rename desktops from settings or with hotkey (Ctrl + Win + R)
- Switch to specific desktop (Ctrl + Win + 1 to 0)
- Move active window to specific desktop (Alt + Win + 1 to 0)
- Pin window to all desktops (Ctrl + Alt + Win + P)
Switching between Virtual Desktops is easy but still needs to be as easy as the ALT + Tab shortcut. On top of it, few may also want to switch between apps on the different desktops when in the Task View. I hope more features show up in future updates of Windows.
This feature is being rolled out to the stable version.
I hope the post was easy to follow, and you were able to clearly understand how to move or rearrange the virtual desktops in Windows 10.